BUILDING THE SCIENCE OF RECOVERY. Alexandre B. Laudet, PhD CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF ADDICTIONS AND RECOVERY, NDRI Correspondence: [email protected] INTRODUCTION. In preparation for developing the recovery-oriented research agenda that I am presenting to you today, the Symposium
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BUILDING THE SCIENCE OF RECOVERY
Alexandre B. Laudet, PhD
CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF ADDICTIONS AND RECOVERY, NDRI
Correspondence: [email protected]
In preparation for developing the recovery-oriented research
agenda that I am presenting to you today, the Symposium
Planning Group sought input from key stakeholder groups about the types of questions the field needs to be able to answer to promote long-term recovery. These stakeholder groups include:
ACT ONEWHY DO WE NEED A SCIENCE OF RECOVERY?
Stress and Life Satisfaction as a Function of Abstinence duration (N = 354)
Laudet et al., Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 24: ½, 33-74, 2006
Recovery is more than abstinence from alcohol and drugs; it is about building a full and productive life in the community. Our treatment systems must reflect and help people achieve this broader understanding of recovery. (Dr. W. Clark, 2007)
One by one, states are transitioning to recovery oriented services
‘(…) to promote LONG-TERM RECOVERY’How can we promote effectively something we have not examined and poorly understand?
THE FIRST STEP OF THE ACTION PLAN TO PROMOTE LONG-TERM RECOVERY MUST BE TO DETERMINE WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW AND TO SEEK ANSWERS
The research questions and methods may differ but the same high scientific standards must be upheld so thatthescience of recovery is as good (or better) as the science of addiction
ACT TWOWHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW?
WHAT IS RECOVERY?
WHAT IS LONG-TERM RECOVERY?
WHAT PROMOTES RECOVERY INITIATION-Not just cessation of substance use but initiating the change process?
LONGITUDINAL RECOVERY PATTERNS
PATHWAYS TO RECOVERY
EFFECTIVENESS AND COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF VARIOUS RECOVERY PATHS
In terms of:
HOW IS ADDICTION RECOVERY SIMILAR TO & DIFFERENT FROM RECOVERY FROM OTHER CHRONIC CONDITIONS?
ACT THREEWHATWILL THE SCIENCE OF RECOVERY TELL US THAT WE DO NOT ALREADY KNOW?
The science of recovery will COMPLEMENT the science of addiction and lead to additional and diverse effective strategies to promote healthy, satisfying, productive lives among formerly dependent persons.
ACT FOURHOW DO WE BUILD THE SCIENCE OF RECOVERY?
Let’s make it Happen!